Monday, July 30, 2018

Should the FBI rely on the SPLC, itself a “hate group”?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Acting Director of Congressional Affairs, Jill C. Tyson, received a letter (07-23-18) from Repr. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) who reports: “In email correspondence, the FBI has admitted to working with the Southern Poverty Law Center. This is surprising and worrisome, as the SPLC is known to use its platform in order to denigrate and disparage certain groups by labeling them ‘hate groups.’”

“[I]n some cases, this designation is well deserved,” Gaetz contrasts: “Other groups, however, appear to be deemed ‘hateful’ by the SPLC due to their political and social beliefs, rather than by any actual threat they pose.”

“The SPLC’s conflagration of mainstream political advocacy groups with legitimate hate groups and domestic terror groups is absurd, frequently indiscriminate, and dangerous,” concludes Gaetz, “Accordingly, I ask:

* Do you actively work with the SPLC in determining groups to investigate?
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